Theaters are like movies, both are staged. But the difference is that movies are filmed while theaters are performed live with an audience. In most theaters, audiences dress formal attires to give respect to the performers and simply for formality. Plays and dramas are sources of entertainment to both adults and youngsters according to their desired genre. Here are some of the greatest theater productions ever produced.
The Lion King
The Lion King was first performed in front of the public on November 13, 1997. Currently, the total performances reach up to 7,970 and they are performing at the Minskoff Theatre in Midtown Manhattan. They garnered six Tony awards in the years 1998 which includes them being the Best Musical Play on that year. They also received eight Drama Desk Awards in the same year and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album the following year. The Lion King is now considered as the Longest-running Disney-based Theatrical show.
The setting of Lion King is in an African jungle with a lion deemed as the King of the Jungle. It is about jealousy, kinship, friendship, love, etc. The main actor of the theater was Jason Raize as Simba, John Vickery as Scar, and Samuel Wright as Mufasa.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera opened on January 26, 1988, and is currently running at the Majestic Theatre in midtown Manhattan, 245 West 44th Street. This play is considered as the longest running musical show in the history with seven Tony Awards in the year of released along with the Best Musical. It also received seven Drama Desk Awards on that year.
The Phantom of the Opera revolved around a beautiful lady with a soprano voice, Christine Daae, who became an obsession of a certain mysterious musical prodigy.
Les Miserables opened on March 12, 1987, and ended 16 years after on May 18, 2003. It has a total of 6,680 performances with 8 Tony awards on the year of release including it being the Best Musical of the Year. It also garnered 5 Drama Desk Awards in the same year including the Outstanding Musical of the year. On the next year, it received the Grammy Award for the Best Musical Cast Show Album.
The play was based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Its story revolves around the redemption of Jean Valjean who was jailed for 19 years due to stealing bread for her nephew.